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May 26, 2022

Nigeria
Reaction to “Blasphemy” Killing Illustrates Complicated Role of Religion in Nigeria’s Democratic Transition

Horrendous killing of college sophomore highlights the country’s ethnoreligious fault line, but interdenominational rivalry in the south is of no less moment. All in all, reactions to the murder of Ms. Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level home economics student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, have exposed Nigeria’s deepest political fractures and lingering questions over citizenship, national identity, and secularity. On May 12, following disagreement over a WhatsApp voice note deemed to have been blasphemous against Islam and Prophet Muhammad, a mob comprising some of the twenty-two-year-old’s schoolmates brutally clubbed and stoned her to death, after which they proceeded to incinerate her body.

Pastor lectures with a microphone and gestures with his arm wearing a formal attire.

May 16, 2022

Nigeria
Gruesome “Blasphemy” Killing Brings Nigeria’s Long-Running Ethno-Religious Divide Into Sharp Focus

Last week’s gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu, a home economics sophomore at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, comes at a time of escalating social and economic tension in Nigeria, and will most certainly raise the political stakes as the country enters electioneering season in preparation for next year’s presidential election.

A sign that reads "Higher Shariah Court," a child with a bucket in the background, and an old looking building.

June 15, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Can Democracy Help Solve The Problem of Gaza?

What would happen if Palestinian politics were revived?

April 21, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Coming Soon: "False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East"

False Dawn: Protest, Violence, and Democracy in the New Middle East will be available May 1 and published June 1.

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January 19, 2012

International Organizations
Breaking the UN Deadlock on Syria

Despite Arab League monitors in Syria, the death toll of the regime’s brutal crackdown on protestors is rising. The situation in Syria raises the question: Why did the United Nations authorize an int…

Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after their Friday prayers in Kafranbel

January 22, 2016

Turkey
Winter Storm Reading

Snow- and Middle East–themed reading for this weekend's winter storm.

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March 8, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
R2P, R.I.P.

It was during Kofi Annan’s tenure as Secretary General of the United Nations (1997-2006) that the “Responsibility to Protect” became a major item on the international scene.  That is no feather in hi…

June 9, 2016

Israel
Foreign Affairs: The Struggle For Israel

The July/August print edition of Foreign Affairs, entitled "The Struggle for Israel," is out. It includes interviews with several leading Israeli politicians and articles by veteran analysts Aluf Ben…

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April 3, 2018

North Korea
Domain of Gains, Domain of Losses: Why Kim Jong-un’s Expectations Matter for the U.S.-North Korea Summit

Patrick McEachern is a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. …

Domain of Gains, Domain of Losses: Why Kim Jong-un’s Expectations Matter for the U.S.-North Korea Summit

January 16, 2014

United States
Meet Foreign Policy Interrupted

Elmira Bayrasli and Lauren Bohn are co-founders of Foreign Policy Interrupted, an important and unprecedented new initiative that aims to increase the number of female voices in foreign policy. Worki…

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